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    A rare gene variant that typically appears in Amish communities may hold the key to preventing heart disease, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study found that those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen.  Less than one in 10,000 people have this gene, yet amazingly 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County carry the gene variant.   Past studies on the gene revealed that certain mutations can change one's cholesterol levels, too much of which can cause clogged arteries and cardiovascular diseases, which remains the leading cause of death worldwide.  Researchers involved in the study claim this is the first time scientists have isolated a gene that lowers two different yet equally important heart disease risk factors.   Amazingly, 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County, pictured, carry the gene variant Those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, pictured, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 10,127 new coronavirus cases and 97 deaths. READ MORE: First Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Confirmed In PennsylvaniaThis brings the statewide total to 1,763,796 cases and 33,746 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,928 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 837 in ICUs. The state says 15,557,620 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,664,274 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 199,803 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Native Mark Cuban Buys Small Texas TownAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,507 cases among residents and 50,779 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Out of all total...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PHILADELPHIA (KDKA) – The first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been detected in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said a man in his 30s tested positive for the variant. The department is working to get more information on his case and coordinating with the state and CDC. Cases have now been identified in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York, but the Philadelphia Department of Health said so far all symptoms have been mild.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s the holidays and that means it’s also the giving season. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountySo, are we Pennsylvanians generous or greedy? According to search volume data from Google, phrases such as “gift ideas,” “wrapping paper” and other holiday phrases, North Dakota came in first. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingIt was followed by Utah, Idaho, New York, and South Dakota. Pennsylvania came in at 9th. Our neighbors to the west, Ohio and West Virginia, came in 11th and 18th, respectively. MORE NEWS: Raising Cane's Chicken Tenders Reportedly Coming To PittsburghAlaska ranked 50th.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 9,143 new coronavirus cases and 128 deaths. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyThis brings the statewide total to 1,753,669 cases and 33,649 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,939 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 858 in ICUs. The state says 15,482,008 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,650,102 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 189,882 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,415 cases among residents and 50,604 cases among employees...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 653 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyOf the new cases, 589 are confirmed cases and 64 are probable. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingThere have been 9,343 total hospitalizations and 151,539 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,463. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Ranked In Top 10 Most Generous StatesMore information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating a horrific act of animal cruelty along the Delaware River waterfront. Someone shot and killed two cats at the Pier 80 Colony in South Philadelphia. READ MORE: Family, Friends Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Temple University Student Samuel CollingtonCaretakers feed those cats and provide veterinary services. READ MORE: Jolly Trolley And Main Street Light Spectacular Bring Joy To Manayunk Following Ida Flooding, PandemicThey found the dead cats on Nov. 8. MORE NEWS: Girl Attacked By Man On Way To School In Atlantic County, Police SayAnyone with information is being asked to call the PSPCA.
    UPS is laying off hundreds of workers in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, and President Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. “UPS is transitioning some of the work currently done at one of our Global Business Services offices in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, and Scranton, PA to another location,” UPS said. “We are having one-on-one meetings with the affected employees to discuss their next steps with the company, which includes the opportunity to apply for open positions at UPS.” 232 employees will work through the holiday season until their final day of work on February 25. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Scranton, PA. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) “This layoff will be permanent, and ‘bumping rights’ (that is, the right to avoid termination by displacing another employee) do not exist,” UPS said in a letter to affected employees. Employees told local news outlets they feel like “we don’t matter” and that it is “just a terrible blow” for those who have worked for the company for years. As Newswatch...
    Pennsylvania state police were called to Northern Lebanon high school for a report of sexual abuse, according to a release by police on Thursday. Police were called to the school in Bethel Township on Nov. 9 at approximately 7:43 p.m., the release states. A 17-year-old student told police her stepfather had been touching her inappropriately, according to the release. Pennsylvania state police continue to investigate. Follow Daily Voice for updates.
    The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for the public's help identifying the person or persons responsible for fatally shooting two stray cats in South Philadelphia.  The bodies of the cats were discovered by a caretaker of a feral cat colony at Pier 80 on the Delaware waterfront, who notified the SPCA, the organization said in a Thursday release. "The colony caretakers were suspicious as both cats had been otherwise healthy and vaccinated against common environmental illnesses," the PSPCA said. The cats were discovered right next to another feral cat colony that had been the site of several arson attempts in 2017, according to the organization. The cats were taken to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia headquarters by an officer, where they underwent necropsies to confirm their cause of death and collect evidence, the organization said. Bullets were found in both cats, and are being sent for further processing through the Philadelphia Police Department. Information about the identity of the individual, or others involved, can be reported anonymously to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s cruelty hotline, 866-601-7722 or cruelty@pspca.org. “These acts of cruelty are especially monstrous,” Julie Klim, CEO...
    Dr. Kevin Baumlin, who is also running for Senate in Pennsylvania, said Oz's past comments on COVID-19 are 'offensive and borderline malpractice.' Dr. Mehmet Oz — the cardiothoracic surgeon and talk show host — announced this week that he's officially running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican. Oz joins a crowded race to fill the open seat currently held by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is set to retire next year. In the past, Oz promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, advocated for the reopening of schools in the midst of the pandemic, and downplayed the human cost of the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 780,000 Americans. In Oz's first campaign ad, he argues that Washington politicians got the coronavirus response "wrong," and claimed that they "took away our freedoms without making us safer." Running through his biography, Oz notes his television program "took on the medical establishment to argue against costly drugs and skyrocketing medical bills." With unmatched name recognition and funding,...
    Doctor Mehmet Oz, who is known for his television shows, has officially launched his campaign for US Senate. The announcement about Oz entering the already crowded field of candidates was made via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement reads: "I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now!" Oz's team had previously hinted that he might consider running for senate, as reported by TMZ. Oz is running as a Republican for the seat soon to be vacated by Pat Toomey. The announce comes just over a week after former-President Trump backed Sean Parnell withdrew from the race.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) –  Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey’s show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican. He issued the following message on why he is running: “Today, America’s heartbeat is in a code red in need of a defibrillator to shock it back to life. Many of us feel like we’re in the adjacent operating room, armed with insights and already scrubbed up but reluctant to leave our quiet, serene setting for the chaos next door. But for me, stepping into the political arena is the right thing to do. In our time of need, we want to be surrounded by people of action more than armchair intellectuals, because a great surgeon never censors ideas and never shuts off the light that shines on our wounds, which is what happened while our nation battled the pandemic.” READ MORE: Health Officials Push COVID-19 Boosters As Concern Grows Over Vaccine Effectiveness With Omicron...
    Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance Dr. Mehmet Oz announced on Tuesday that he’s running to be the next U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Oz will seek the 2022 Republican nomination to replace Sen. Pat Toomey (R) who is retiring at the end of his term. As a political newbie, the celebrity doctor will face all kinds of questions about various policy positions he holds, but before that happens, he may have to answer a much more basic question from Pennsylvania voters: “Do you actually live here?” The answer appears to be “no.” For the last two decades, Oz has lived in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Only last year did he actually register to vote in Pennsylvania, and he used his in-laws’ address in suburban Philadelphia to do so. Oz declared his candidacy, not in a Pennsylvania publication, but instead in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner. At certain points, he hit vague notes that will likely resonate with Covid-19 vaccine skeptics. “Over 750,000 in the United States have died from the virus, a devastating toll for families...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and the long-time host of The Dr. Oz Show, will enter the Republican primary to replace retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, he announced Tuesday. “Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and tell it like it is,” Oz said in a video posted to Twitter. The campaign marks Oz’s first foray into electoral politics, but he previously served on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl — Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021 Oz cited the federal mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic as a key part of his decision to run for office. “COVID has shown us that our system is broken,” he said. “We lost too many lives, too many jobs, and too many opportunities...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing TV doctor widely known for promoting pseudoscience and fake treatments has decided to use his expertise to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, and if not fully-embrace Donald Trump, certainly align himself with the disgraced former president. In an op-ed exclusive to the right-wing national website the Washington Examiner and in a just-released video (below), Oz announces his run, citing the nation’s response to COVID and its ramifications as a primary factor for entering politics. It’s unclear why he did not announce via a Pennsylvania publication. “We are angry at our government and at each other,” his op-ed begins. “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.” Like more and more Republicans entering the political landscape, Oz has precisely zero experience in government, but that once-presumed prerequisite is no longer in vogue. “Oz...
    By Michael Warren | CNN Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. “During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal,” Oz wrote. The 61-year-old Oz will join a Republican primary field that already includes Philadelphia-area businessman (and 2018 lieutenant governor nominee) Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands, who served as US ambassador to Denmark in the Trump administration. Another potential Republican candidate is David McCormick, a former official in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. The race in Pennsylvania to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has been shaken up in recent weeks, primarily by the departure of GOP candidate Sean Parnell, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Oz is an Ohio native who attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose...
    (CNN)Dr. Mehmet Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Two winners will each receive $50,000 after their tickets were randomly selected as part of the Pennsylvania Lottery's weekly raffle drawing. The winning ticket numbers, 00057427 and 00080262, were randomly drawn from among more than 45,000 New Year's Millionaire Raffle ticket numbers sold between Nov. 16 and 22, state lottery officials announced Tuesday. The tickets were sold at Sheetz on Ritner Highway in Carlisle (Cumberland County), and Bridge Street Cigar on East Bridge Street in Morrisville (Bucks County). The raffle features eight weekly drawings that each award two prizes of $50,000, leading up to the Jan. 8, 2022 drawing. Winners should make an appointment to visit a Pennsylvania Lottery office in order to claim their $50,000 weekly drawing prize in person and cannot claim the prize at a retailer or by mail. "Be sure to keep your ticket for the Millionaire Raffle drawing on Jan. 8," officials said. "It is possible for a ticket to win in both drawings."
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 534 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,766 New Cases, 113 More DeathsOf the new cases, 477 are confirmed cases and 57 are probable. All for people died in November and were 65 or older. READ MORE: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School DistrictsThere have been 9,261 total hospitalizations and 150,179 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,443. MORE NEWS: AP Sources: Dr. Oz Plans To Join Pennsylvania US Senate RaceMore information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A trial resumed Tuesday in Harrisburg that could impact how Pennsylvania funds public schools. The lawsuit was filed by a handful of districts several years ago. The case centers on spending disparities among Pennsylvania’s 500 districts and the comparatively low percentage of K-12 education that is paid for by the state government — the plaintiffs say it is about 38%, compared to 47% nationally. Spending figures and test scores are among a dizzying array of statistics and studies expected as evidence. The trial could last well into January. READ MORE: Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA TrainThe plaintiffs, a handful of districts in neighborhoods with comparatively lower property values and family income, argue the reliance on property taxes and what they consider inadequate state subsidies means richer districts spend much more per student, calling it “a system of haves and have nots.” The result is that underfunded districts are more likely to have larger class sizes, less qualified faculty, outdated textbooks and other shortcomings, they claimed in the 2014 complaint. READ...
    Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician, is expected to announce a campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to multiple news reports.  Oz would be the latest in a long line of Republicans who are vying to succeed retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) next year. While he’s never run for public office before, his celebrity status means that he would likely enter the race with broad name recognition.  An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. During the Monday night airing of his Fox News show, host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityVigilantes are not patriots Trump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' MORE teased an upcoming appearance by Oz on Tuesday night, saying that the celebrity doctor would be making a “huge announcement.” “Hint: Think midterm election,” Hannity said. That Oz is planning to enter the hotly...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 5,766 new coronavirus cases and 113 deaths. READ MORE: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School DistrictsThis brings the statewide total to 1,736,920 cases and 33,421 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,734 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 836 in ICUs. The state says 15,356,253 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,623,497 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 169,661 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: AP Sources: Dr. Oz Plans To Join Pennsylvania US Senate RaceAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,183 cases among residents and 50,181 cases among employees of licensed...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plans. Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election. Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race. Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Publicly, Oz...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plans. Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election. Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Should You Expect Another Relief Payment?Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke...
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV's Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to the Associated Press, who spoke with two people familiar with his plans.Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation's most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year's election.Oz - a longtime New Jersey resident - would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race.Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.Publicly,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The start of meteorological winter kicks off Wednesday, but winter weather arrived a day early before the unofficial start to the winter season.  Light snow showers are making their way across the northern half of the region Tuesday.  Grassy surfaces across the Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, and the Pocono Mountains could pick up about a half-inch of snow. A few flying flurries or spotty rain showers could sneak into our suburbs and pass I-95 through late afternoon.   Radar is looking a lot more ominous than what is actually happening! A lot of the snow you see is evaporating before hitting the ground, thanks dry air. There are flurries in and around the Lehigh Valley including Bethlehem. Not a huge snow maker for us but it sure is pretty❄️???? pic.twitter.com/9gham4Vnot — Llarisa Abreu (@LlarisaAbreu) November 30, 2021 READ MORE: Giving Tuesday: How To Support Non-Profits, Other Groups In Philadelphia AreaOtherwise, Tuesday in Philadelphia promises to be cold, breezy, and mostly dry.    READ MORE: 14-Year-Old, Samir Jefferson, Shot Nearly 20 Times, Killed While Waiting For SEPTA Bus...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the Christmas season upon us in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State has been recognized as one of the top places in the country when it comes to decorations. A new study from Lombardo Homes ranked all fifty states, using a number of criteria, including Google search terms and decorating habits. Pennsylvania ranks #2 in the study. The most popular Christmas decoration in Pennsylvania was revealed to be window candles. To read the full list of rankings and learn more about each state’s most popular Christmas decoration, click here. 
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s time to cast your ballot for river of the year. Voting opened online of Monday at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Monongahela River is one of the nominees. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Other nominees include the Connoquenessing Creek, French Creek, and Catawissa Creek. What’s in it for the winner? After a waterway is chosen, local groups will hold activities and events all year to celebrate, including a paddling trip. To vote online, click here.
    Prosecutors urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review the ruling that overturned the sexual assault conviction of Bill Cosby, the Associated Press reported. Lawyers for Cosby had argued that the district attorney, Kevin Steele, was obligated by a promise his predecessor had made to the comedian not to prosecute him, the AP reported. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded Cosby had relied on the “decade old” decision when he chose to make “incriminating statements” and overturned his conviction. The only written proof of the promise is a 2005 press release from the then-prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who said there was insufficient evidence to charge Cosby, the AP reported. Through a petition, prosecutors argued the ruling sets a dangerous precedent if all press releases are treated as immunity agreements. “This decision as it stands will have far-reaching negative consequences beyond Montgomery County and Pennsylvania. The U.S. Supreme Court can right what we believe is a grievous wrong,” Steele wrote in the petition, the AP reported. It asks the court to review the ruling under the due process clause of the U.S....
    The first day of deer hunting season in Pennsylvania had a tragic beginning. William Tripp, 71, of Elizabethtown, was shot in the head by a juvenile relative on Saturday, reports WJAC citing the Cambria County coroner Jeff Lees. Tripp was hunting with a group of family and friends along a gas line off Buckhorn Road in Jackson Township when he was killed around 10 a.m., the coroner told the outlet. The child who shot Tripp was aiming at a deer but missed-- striking Tripp who was approximately 300 yards away, according to WTAJ citing Lees. “This is a heart-wrenching, unfortunate accident that has happened,” Lees told both outlets. The autopsy on Sunday confirmed the manner of death was accidental, WTAJ reports citing the coroner. Jackson Township Fire Department and EMS, and a Disaster Assistance Response Team medic from Conemaugh Health System, assisted Lees at the scene, the coroner told the media. Funeral and memorial services details have not been released, but Tripp's friends are sharing their loss on social media. "I was shocked to learn that one...
    The victim of a fatal crash during a funeral procession has been identified by police. The crash happened while en route to Dauphin Cemetery from the funeral of swim coach David 'Dino' Kesler's funeral at Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home located 2100 Linglestown Road in Harrisburg on Wednesday, as Daily Voice previously reported. The crash involved two motorcycles and a logging truck at Route 22/322 near Route 39 between the exits for Linglestown/Rockville and Exit 443 for Fishing Creek around 1:30 p.m., according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and a release by Susquehanna Township police. All westbound traffic was closed in the area for over three hours while crews investigated the scene, as Daily Voice reported at the time. The driver of the logging truck remained at the scene and one of the motorcyclists did not report any injuries, according to the police. Jamie "Trippy" Shay, 33, of Duncannon, was transported to Holy Spirit Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m., according to the release by police. Witnesses and friends have been sharing their recounting of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City officials and community members made an unequivocal call for political reform in Pennsylvania and in its largest city, Philadelphia, Monday morning outside of City Hall. Rep. Jared Solomon and Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez call the proposal People Over Politics. “The time for fairness and honesty in government in Philadelphia is now,” Solomon said. READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North PhiladelphiaOfficials stood at City Hall Monday morning flanked by city leaders and community activists, urging residents to sign a petition called People Over Politics, hoping to reshape the way government is run in Philadelphia. “It calls for three main reforms,” Solomon said. “Public financing of elections, transparency around independent expenditures and that if you are an employer and hire an elected official, you got us,  tell the public what it is they’re doing, who they’re taking meetings with and what are the contents of those meetings.” The proposal comes on the heels of guilty verdicts against labor leader John Dougherty and City Councilmember Bobby Henon in their federal bribery...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Monday at City Hall in Philadelphia, officials called for changes in rules for Pennsylvania politicians. State Representative Jared Solomon and city councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez call the proposal “People Over Politics.”  The proposal comes in the wake of guilty verdicts against labor leader John Dougherty and city councilmember Bobby Henon in their bribery and corruption trial. The coalition wants to consider public financing of elections, and restrictions on outside employment for public officials, among other changes.  Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting a daily average of 5,325 new coronavirus cases over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. There were also 41 additional deaths. READ MORE: Police Looking For Missing 51-Year-Old Kenneth Mattay, Last Seen ThursdayThis brings the statewide total to 1,731,154 cases and 33,308 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,593 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 816 in ICUs. Statewide percent positivity stands at 12.1%. The state says 159,196 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,612,734 people are fully vaccinated. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County 3-Day Total Of 1,527 New CasesA total of 137,174 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week dropped its percentage of vaccinated adults in Pennsylvania by nearly five percentage points in what apparently was a data correction to weed out duplicates. The agency on Wednesday adjusted the percentage to 68.9%, after a day earlier putting the percentage at 73.7% of Pennsylvanians 18 and older. READ MORE: Spring Garden Community Pantry Collects Winter Gear For Those In Need On Black FridayThe downward revision amounted to a reduction of about 1.2 million doses. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said it sends its data to the CDC, and began in July to refine its data to remove duplicate information and correct data on first, second and booster doses. “On Nov. 23, the CDC began to rectify their data to match Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccine data and we anticipate the CDC to go through a similar process with other states across the country,” the department said in a statement. READ MORE: Dozens Of Mom-And-Pop Shops In Manayunk Prepare For Small Business SaturdayThe data correction comes as infections, hospitalizations and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff LANCASTER COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are looking for two men accused of stealing four iPhones from a store in central Pennsylvania. The Manheim Township Police Department says two men entered the T-Mobile store in Lancaster, cut the security cables on four iPhones on display and fled. Police say the men got away with $3,229.96 worth of items.
    HEREFORD, Pa. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day while he was with someone who was target shooting in southeastern Pennsylvania, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. near the child’s home in Hereford, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Friday. The boy was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short timer later. READ MORE: Driver Crashes Into Five Below Store In Cranberry TownshipAdams said the shooter is known to police, but the incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed so far. Authorities have not disclosed specific details about the shooting, and the child’s name has not been released. READ MORE: Christmas Tree Farm Owners Expect Supply To Be Tight This YearNo other injuries were reported in the shooting. MORE NEWS: Firearms Deer Season Starts Saturday(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    A Florida man has been charged with the death of a Pennsylvania woman whose remains were found by fishermen in a bay nearq Tampa, authorities said Wednesday.  Robert Kessler, of Lutz, was already in police custody on a drug charge when he was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of Stephanie Crone-Overholts, Tampa Police Interim Chief Ruben Delgado said. Kessler is also charged with abuse of a dead body.  WAUKESHA PARADE ATTACK: DEBRA MESSING BLASTS MEDIA FOR DOWNPLAYING MASSACRE AS AN 'ACCIDENT' Robert Kessler is charged with the death of Stephanie Crone-Overholts after her partial remains were found in the waters near Tampa, Florida earlier this month, authorities said.  (Tampa Police Department) On Nov. 11, a fisherman discovered a leg bearing a tattoo of a trio of hearts with three names – Sean, Greg, and Zach -- in McKay Bay, near downtown Tampa, Fox affiliate WTVT-TV reported. Another fisherman discovered human remains in the bay the following day.  Authorities are not sure how long Overholts' body was in the water.  Overholts was staying with Kessler when her family...
    GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) — A small plane crashed near a landfill in western Pennsylvania, killing one person and injuring another. The single-engine Cessna 210 went down around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area near the Grove City airport in Mercer County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities have not said if the plane had departed from the airport or if it was trying to land when the crash occurred. READ MORE: Philadelphia Welcomes Back Thanksgiving Day Parade After One-Year BreakThe cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and state police. READ MORE: Philadelphians Get A Head Start On Holiday Shopping At Christmas Village In LOVE ParkThe names of the two people aboard the plane have not been released. The injured person was being treated at a hospital for burns and related injuries, authorities said. but further details on their condition were not disclosed. MORE NEWS: Thanksgiving Weather: What To Expect In Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware On Turkey Day, Black Friday© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published,...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was charged with killing a Pennsylvania woman after her dismembered body was found dumped in a bay, police said Wednesday. Tampa Police arrested 69-year-old Robert Kessler earlier this week on drug charges while investigating the death of Stephanie Crone-Overholts. Kessler is facing charges of second-degree murder and abusing a dead body. READ MORE: Police Search For Man Wanted After Argument Turns Deadly In WilkinsburgA fisherman spotted body parts belonging to the 47-year-old woman from Erie, Pennsylvania earlier this month. Additional body parts including a leg with a tattoo were later discovered in McKay Bay, police said at a press conference. Police released photos of her tattoo — three hearts including the name of her son. The photos went viral online and made their way back to her family in Pennsylvania where she had been reported missing. The relationship between Kessler and Crone-Overholts was unclear. Interim Chief Ruben Delgado said the two had been living together after meeting at a fast-food restaurant. Police found her blood inside his van and home, Delgado said. READ...
    A Pennsylvania lottery ticket worth $620,000 was sold in Philadelphia this week. The Cash 5 with Quick Cash ticket for the Tuesday, Nov. 23 drawing was sold at Lucky Stop Grocery & Variety on Elmwood Avenue. The ticket matched all five balls drawn, 11-15-23-34-37. The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 7,569 new coronavirus cases and 98 additional deaths. READ MORE: Police Search For Suspect In Greensburg Bank RobberyThis brings the statewide total to 1,704,528 cases and 33,101 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,349 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 763 in ICUs. The state says 15,139,743 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,589,002 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 137,174 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: Man Wanted In Deadly McKees Rocks ShootingAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 5,877,018 people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 67,729 cases among...
    Celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz is poised to shake up the Pennsylvania Senate race, bolstered by a vast personal fortune to invest in a 2022 campaign and enviable poll numbers that suggest the Republican would be an immediate front-runner. Oz, 61, has not decided whether to pull the trigger on a bid for the seat being relinquished by retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. But if the television personality runs, he is prepared to back the effort with millions of his own money and would begin a campaign for the GOP nomination with stratospheric ratings among key demographics, a source close to Oz revealed in an interview with the Washington Examiner. In polling that tested Oz’s image with Pennsylvania voters, his favorable/unfavorable ratings registered 54%/12% with Fox News viewers, 49%/8% with black voters, and 56%/3% with conservative Democrats, an important constituency in the Keystone State. Oz’s name identification clocked in at 80%. Oz cultivated a following over several years, first as a medical adviser on The Oprah Winfrey Show and then, beginning a dozen years ago, on the nationally syndicated Dr. Oz...
    CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to at least five years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2018 death of his 5-month-old son while his family was vacationing in North Carolina, officials said. At a Nov. 15 hearing in Currituck County Superior Court, Thomas William Imschweiler, 34, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after entering into an agreement with prosecutors. The plea was first reported by Outer Banks Today. READ MORE: Charges Expected To Be Re-Filed Against Fayette County District Attorney's Son In DUI Crash CaseAccording to the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and emergency medical personnel were called to a location in Corolla on July 17, 2018 in response to an infant who was not breathing. Franklin Thomas Imschweiler was taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk for treatment. He died five days later. READ MORE: More Teens Are Getting Illegal Guns, ATF SaysOn July 20, a felony child abuse warrant was issued for Thomas William Imschweiler. He was taken into custody and brought back to Currituck County. A...
    A Powerball ticket worth $100,000 was sold in Montgomery County. The ticket for the Nov. 22 drawing was sold at GIANT Food Stores on Dekalb Pike in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania lottery officials said. The ticket matched four of the five white balls drawn, 7-20-29-38-67, and the red Powerball 22 to win $100,000. Without the $1 Power Play option, the ticket would have been worth $50,000. The Power Play multiplier drawn was two. The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.